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Angelina Jolie World Refugee Day Speech
Transcript of Angelina Jolie World Refugee Day Speech
Angelina Jolie- born June 4, 1975 in LA, California
6 children with Brad Pitt, 3 of which are adopted
Gone on more than 40 field missions in over 30 countries
First began visiting refugee camps in 2001 and soon after became an ambassador for the UNHCR(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Promoted to rank of special envoy to High Commissioner Antonio Guterros on April 17, 2013
Patron of the Harnas Wildlife Foundation
Joined the Council of Foreign Relations in 2007
Has won multiple awards for both her acting and humanitarian work
Washington D.C. on Thursday, June 18, 2009 on World Refugee Day
Sponsored by the United Nations refugee agency
United Nations refugee agency members
Refugees from across the world who are able to watch
US citizens/Political Leaders
To inform US citizens/ Political leaders of the hardships that many refugees continue to struggle with every day while putting on a brave and bright face in order to influence them to do something about it
The experiences that Angelina has had with a few of the refugees she has met and what she has learned from those refugees
Angelina is profound in telling her stories of the refugees she has met but didactic in her point that efficient care for refugees is urgent.
"They are mothers and daughters and fathers and sons-they are farmers, teachers, doctors, engineers, they are individuals"
"They are the most impressive people I have ever met and they are also some of the world's most vulnerable"
"I saw small children full of hunger and fear, crying mothers, wounded fathers, I saw a sea of humanity- all desperate, all deserving"
"The refugees I have spent time with have profoundly changed my life"
"I thank them for letting me into their lives"
Angelina uses her descriptions of the refugees to help humanize them, to show that they are more than just refugees. They are intelligent survivors, deserving of help.
"80% of refugees are hosted and have been for years in the poorest developing countries."
"Pakistan, a country now facing a crisis with over 2 million of its own people despised is still hosting 1.7 million Afghans and has hosted millions of Afghan families for nearly 30 years."
Angelina uses these statistics to show the realities of insufficient refugee living conditions.
"I remember meeting a pregnant Afghan woman in a completely abandoned camp in Pakistan..."
"I remember in Tanzania, I met a child in a tent..."
"I met an eight year old girl..."
"The eight-year old girl who saved her brother taught me what it is to be brave. The pregnant woman in Pakistan taught me what it is to be a mother. And the paralyzed boy who had been shot in the back with his big smile showed me the strength of an unbreakable spirit."
Angelina uses her stories of the refugees to describe the experiences she has had with them and the positive effect that they've had on her to back up her claim that refugees are capable of helping their communities.
Angelina repeats certain words and phrases to emphasize her memories meeting different refugees and the effect that those refugees have had on her.
Angelina delivered an inspiring and enlightening speech. She uses her own experiences to help US citizens and politicians relate to the situation of refugees and to understand the kind of people that they are. She uses a balance of ethos, pathos, and logos, along with frequent use of repetition to get her point across.